The renovation of the oldest building of the Białystok Oncology Centre (BCO) has been completed. It houses the radiotherapy and oncology rehabilitation departments. The total value of the project amounted to nearly PLN 30m, including funds from the Voivodeship budget of approx. PLN 14m and co-financing from European Funds, amounting to almost PLN 8m.
The renovation and upgrade of the building will provide a chance to increase the number of patients receiving outpatient care services and contribute to shortening the waiting time for medical services.
We have been taking efforts to expand our portfolio for years. The number of cancer diseases is unfortunately on the rise, and radiotherapy is one of radical treatment elements, at every stage. We are now able to perform more procedures than before, and expand our portfolio with new treatment options we have not been able to offer so far,” said dr Dorota Kazberuk, Deputy Director for Treatment.
The renovated building houses the radiotherapy and oncology rehabilitation departments. Ultimately, the premises of the brachytherapy department are also due to be located in the building, starting from September this year.
As dr Tomasz Filipowski, Head of the Radiotherapy Department informed us, over 70 percent of BCO patients require this form of treatment. It is a considerable group of patients, amounting to over 3,000 a year. We have state-of-the-art equipment, and the only thing lacking was space. Now we will not need to transport patients to other locations,” he added
BCO, managed by the Voivodeship Government, is the only establishment in the region providing radiotherapy services. As part of comprehensive treatment, it also offers oncology rehabilitation to cancer patients.
The agreement with the project contractor was signed in March last year. Its cost amounted to approx. PLN 30m. EU funding amounted to nearly PLN 8m as part of the Podlaskie Voivodeship Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020, while PLN 14m came from the Podlaskie Voivodeship budget, and the remaining sum was financed from BCO’s own funds.
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